A 27-year-old from Knock, Paul Lawless teaches maths and PE at Ballyhaunis Community School. After playing soccer for Mayo, Connaught and the Republic of Ireland at underage level, he achieved a professional contract with Derby County FC. This led to him attaining a scholarship to study a BE.d at UCC, and an M.B.A in the USA.
He is currently completing a post graduate course in mathematics in his spare time. Paul plays Gaelic football for both Aughamore GAA Club and the Mayo junior football team. Paul felt compelled to get involved in local politics to address the regional development imbalance which is hurting Mayo. He said dissatisfaction with how Mayo has continuously been left out of government investment and the devastating impact this has had on his generation of friends, led him to get involved in local politics.